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Mitosis and Meiosis - Cell division may happen by either mitosis or meiosis, depending on what type of cell is invovled. Mitosis is a process by which a cell divides to form two daughter cells. They each have the same exact number and kind of chromosomes as the parent cell. Meiosis occurs in the primary sex cells leading to the formation of viable egg and sperm cells. They reduce the number of chromosomes to half in each gamete so that when they are getting furtilized, the species chromosome number is kept even. Mitosis happens in the reproduction of unicellular organisms and in the addition of cells to a tissue or organ in a multicellular organism....   [tags: essays research papers] 930 words
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Compare and Contrast Mitosis and Meiosis - Compare and Contrast Mitosis and Meiosis Meiosis and mitosis describes the process by which cells divide, either by asexual or sexual reproduction to produce a new organism. Meiosis is a form of cell division that produces gametes in humans these are egg cells and sperms, each with reduced or halved number of chromosomes. The number of chromosomes is restored when two gametes fuse together to form a zygote. A cell with two copies of each chromosome is called diploid cell and a cell with one copy of each chromosome is called a haploid cell....   [tags: Biology] 493 words
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Mitosis and Meiosis: Two Different Forms of Reproduction - In order for ecosystem to continue growing, reproduction has to occur whether it is sexually, asexually, or both. “Reproduction, one of the basic characteristics of all life forms, may be accomplished by two forms of cell division, Mitosis or Meiosis” (Freeman). A cell can occur sexually by the process of Meiosis. The cell must have a stage that is diploid to be able to undergo meiosis. A cell can also occur by the process of Mitosis. Some species in our ecosystem have the ability to reproduce both sexually and asexually at different times in its lifecycle, such as the bread slime mold called Rhizopus....   [tags: biology, microbiology]
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Mitosis - Mitosis July 21, 2005 Summary In the lab exercise related to Mitosis, we view various slides containing cells undergoing Mitosis. We viewed 2 different specimens; a slide of an onion root tip and a slide of Ascaris eggs. Some of the cells are at different phases of Mitosis (Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase). We viewed it under HPO and LPO. Chromosomes were visible in both the LPO and the HPO although the spindle fibers were not very visible because of limitations in the light microscope....   [tags: Biology] 1116 words
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The Link Between Cancer and Mitosis - The Link Between Cancer and Mitosis Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the developed countries, accounting for around one in four deaths. In Britain it caused about 25% of the deaths h in 1991 and is the most common cause of death following cardiovascular disease. There are, in fact, over 200 different forms of cancer, which is why it is not necessarily thought of as a single disease. For example, breast cancer is the most common form in women and lung cancer in men....   [tags: Papers] 562 words
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Comparing Mitosis and Meiosis - Comparing Mitosis and Meiosis with reference to i. Chromosomesii. Biological significance i. Chromosomes ii. Biological significance Modern cell theory states that all cells are derived from other cells. This means cells must have a way of copying themselves. This is cell division; two types of cell division are Meiosis and Mitosis. The comparison will be between Meiosis 1 and Mitosis, because Meiosis 2 is much the same as Mitosis. Dividing cells have a regular pattern of events, known as the cell cycle....   [tags: Biology] 1215 words
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Meiosis Vs. Mitosis - More than one celled organisms grow by way of mitosis and the cytoplasmic division of body cells. On the other hand, meiosis occurs only in germ cells, which are put aside for the formation of gametes (sperm and egg). Reproduction by meiosis allows for species survival and it increases genetic variability. The process, during which the germ cells are generated is called meiosis. It represents nature's solution to the problem of chromosome doubling that would occur, if two diploid cells, i.e....   [tags: essays research papers] 1549 words
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Review of Research Paper on the Interphase of Mitosis - Introduction The eukaryotic cell cycle, mitosis, is a succession of events that occur for the reproduction and growth of these multi-cellular organisms. Characteristic events in mitosis can divide the cell cycle into different stages, or phases. This paper focuses on the interphase of cell cycle, which is when DNA replication occurs, and the cell is engaged in metabolic activities to prepare itself for cell division. The idea that these two processes are related arises much controversy in what their relation is exactly....   [tags: Biology Eukaryotic Cell Cycle] 1278 words
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Various Phases that Make Up the Cell Cycle - The two main phases that occur during a cell cycle are interphase and mitosis. During most of a cell cycle, the cell spends a majority of its time in interphase resting in the cell cycle. Within interphase, the cell goes through 3 phases; 2 growth phases and DNA replication. During Interphase the cell goes through its first gap phase (G1). During G1 protein and RNA synthesis occurs so that the cell can grow and mature. (Cooper, Geoffrey M) G1 is very important because it controls the rate at which the cell grows and develops....   [tags: chromosomes, mitosis, interphase]
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Biology: Cell Division Cycle - Change is constant throughout all living things and that is particularly true when it comes to biology and in particular cell-division cycle. All organisms are constantly dividing and growing throughout their life time. The cell-division cycle in eukaryotes is a complex process that involves cyclins, cdks and multiple checkpoints that eventually lead to cell division. There are two different types of cell division which are Meiosis and Mitosis. Meiosis is the type of cell division which involves gametes or sex cells that are involved in sexual reproduction....   [tags: mitosis, tumor, chromosomes]
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How is Cancer created and Breast Cancer Analysis - Our Bodies seem to amaze us with what they are capable of. Birth till death, our lives are a continuous cycle. The life of a cancer cell amazes me from where it begins and where it ends off. In breast cancer, the cancer cell is much more fascinating.What causes the cells to start their cancerous cycle.The factors that cause the activation of dormant cancer cells are, radiation, health, lifestyle and genetics. Our bodies are the holders of over 60-90 trillion cells. Once a cells dies out, a new one is born; using the process of mitosis....   [tags: cancer cells, cancerous cycle, mitosis]
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Meiosis - Hi, Joe Bob’s here. I’m pretty sure I last left you in the study of mitosis. Mitosis is very similar to our study today, Meiosis. Now, In Meiosis there is only one more phase for each stage of Meiosis, then Mitosis. Let’s see where I’m heading first in my Magical Meiosis journey. Let Maryann tell you about the back round of Meiosis. “Well, Joe Bob. As you and me both know, Meiosis is used for producing Gametes and sex cells. Gametes are basically sex cells; egg cells are gametes, and sperm cells as well, when they meet up, there is fertilization happening....   [tags: Mitosis] 1161 words
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Cell Division & Cell Cycle Study Guide - CELL DIVISION Cell division involves 2 phases: 1- MITOSIS The process by which nuclear material is divided 2 identical daughter cells result 2- CYTOKINESIS the process by which the cytoplasm and its contents (organelles) separate into equal parts. cytokinesis begins before mitosis is complete cytokinesis differs in plant and animal cells ANIMAL CELLS the cell membrane pinches near the middle of the cell, dividing the cytoplasm into equal parts(2 new cells) PLANT CELLS a cell plate develops across the centre of the cell, creating a new cell wall between the 2 new cells Cells alternate between stages (phases) of dividing and not dividing....   [tags: essays research papers] 428 words
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Cellular Reproduction - Cellular Reproduction Cellular Reproduction is the process by which all living things produce new organisms similar or identical to themselves. This has to happen because if a species were not able to reproduce, that species would quickly become extinct. Reproduction consists of a basic pattern: the conversion by a parent organism of raw materials into offspring or cells that will later develop into offspring. The reproductive process, whether asexual or sexual always involves an exchange in hereditary material from the parents so that the new organism may also be able to reproduce....   [tags: science] 509 words
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Cellular Reproduction - Cellular Reproduction Cellular Reproduction is the process by which all living things produce new organisms similar or identical to themselves. This is essential in that if a species were not able to reproduce, that species would quickly become extinct. Always, reproduction consists of a basic pattern: the conversion by a parent organism of raw materials into offspring or cells that will later develop into offspring. (Encarta, 2) In almost all animal organisms, reproduction occurs during or after the period of maximum growth....   [tags: Biology]
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Utilizing OER in an University Elective Course: Opportunites and Challenges - Open educational resources (OER) are learning platforms that has the potential to bridge knowledge gap. OERs are ubiquitous and available 24/7 but the utilization and reutilization of these platforms are generally still at infancy. A recent survey among academics in Malaysia on the Malaysian Higher Education landscape with respect to digital resources and OER showed that 70 % of respondents have utilized OER in their teaching, 13 % had not used OER and 17 % were unsure whether they had used OER (Abeywardena et al, 2013)....   [tags: Open Educational Resources, Knowledge]
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cells - The life Process of a cell In my report you will learn about the life process of a cell based on the two main functions, metabolism and mitosis. You will learn about the four stages of metabolism: ingestion, digestion, respiration, and excretion, and how the cell completes them. You also will acquire information about the four stages of mitosis: prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telephase, and how the cell completes them. Mitosis is the process in which cells reproduce. These two processes are interdependent on each other....   [tags: essays research papers] 586 words
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Down Syndrome - To all parents, a newborn child is a small miracle, perfect and beautiful in every way. However, in many situations the parents of these miracles learn that their children are “not normal.” Every year 6,000 parents across the country are informed that their child has a genetic disorder called Down Syndrome (“National Down Syndrome Society,” n.d.). Within a matter of minutes parents learn that children with Down Syndrome can also have a variety of other conditions and disorders, will not develop in the same way that other children do, and may even have a shorter life span....   [tags: Chromosomal Level, Trisomy 21]
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Cell Cycles and Proliferation - Cell cycle is a complex mechanism that governs the cell growth and proliferation. Cell proliferation contributes to the continuity of life by producing cells, replenishing cells which undergone to cellular differentiation to acquired specialized phenotypes (function and morphology) to carry out living mechanism and towards the end-point-cell-death. Cell proliferation is determined by both extracellular signals such as cytokines and mitogen, and intrinsic cellular factors. Interactions of extracellular signals with intrinsic cellular factors trigger the biochemical events of cell proliferation....   [tags: Cell cycles, biology, ] 574 words
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Nuclear Division - Cells are able to grow and reproduce. Cells reproduce by splitting and passing on their genes (hereditary information) to Daughter cells. The nucleus always divides before the rest of the cell divides. Therefore each daughter cell contains their own nucleus. The nucleus controls the cells activities through the genetic material DNA. The cells in a body are all the same except the gametes they were all made from one cell, the Zygote. This is the cell that was formed when two gametes from your parents fused....   [tags: Biology] 911 words
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Elucidating the role of adhesion factors in circulating tumor cell clustering for breast cancer metastasis and venous thromboembolism - A. Background: Breast cancer has now become a disease which, in most cases, is easily treatable if detected early or non-aggressive. However, the major cause of death for patients with breast cancer is metastasis of tumor cells from the primary tumor to secondary sites throughout the body. Determining the hallmarks to differentiate aggressive tumors versus non-aggressive tumors will not only in how clinicians choose to initially treat the patients, but also could potentially be used as therapeutic targets to specifically target metastatic tumor cells....   [tags: Health] 736 words
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Overview of the Formation of Babies During Pregnancy - Table of Contents Introduction Page 3 Cleavage and blastulation Page 5 Morula and blastocyst Page 6 Implantation and placentation Page 7 Placentation Page 8 Formation of the three primary germ layers Page 9 Embryonic acquisition of external form Page 11   Introduction Initiation of pregnancy: another new individual is made when the components of a powerful sperm combine with those of a fruitful ovum, or egg. Various motile sperms are saved in the vagina, pass through the uterus, and attack the uterine (fallopian) tube, where they encompass the ovum....   [tags: Maternal Blood, Developmental Progressions]
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Childhood Development Observation and Analysis - Children are complex, and the way a child develops differs from individual to individual. The study of children is a field that researchers, scientists, theorists and educators have been exploring for decades. CHYS 1F90 studies the foundations of childhood development and allows the students to look at the way children develop through multiple lenses. Many conclusions have been drawn, observing how, when and why children develop the way they do. Jerry and Samantha are both grade one students who are unrelated....   [tags: Child Observation Essay]
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Division and Fusion in Mitochondria - Division and Fusion in Mitochondria Mitochondria are essential organelles in many cells. Each component of mitochondria have distinct roles that they must partake in for the sake of the cell’s survival. Mitochondria have their own genetic system that encodes directions for the mitochondria’s different processes. Oxidative phosphorylation, an activity that is necessary to the cell takes place within the mitochondria, along with electron transport. Mitochondria also take part in processes that benefit themselves, including fusion and division (Hales, 2010)....   [tags: cellular biology, parkinson's disease]
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Understanding the Y Chromosome - Y chromosome, the smallest chromosome of the karyotpe, is one of the two sex chromosomes. In 1905, Nettie Stevens identified that Y chromosome is a sex-determining chromosome, while conducting one study of the mealworm Tenebrio molitor. He also proposed that chromosomes always existed in pairs. In 1890 Hermann Henking discovered that Y chromosome was the pair of the X chromosome. All chromosomes normally appear to take on a well defined shape during mitosis when seen under microscope. This shape is vaguely X-shaped for all chromosomes....   [tags: science, DNA, gender, biology]
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sexual and Asexual Reproduction - The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sexual and Asexual Reproduction In order to avoid extinction species must reproduce and pass their genes on to the next generation, thus ensuring the survival of the population. For reproduction to occur cell division is necessary and this can be divided into two categories according to the behaviour of the chromosomes, they are known as mitosis and meiosis. Mitosis is when the daughter cells finish up containing exactly the same number of chromosomes as the parent cell, typically two of each type, known as the diploid state....   [tags: Pro Con Essays] 1021 words
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Bryophyte And Pteropyte Life Cycles - Although Bryophytes and Pterophytes are both plant divisions with a common ancestor, they have little in common. While Bryophytes (mosses) are generally nonvascular and very short in height, Pterophytes (ferns) are vascular plants that usually grow much taller than mosses. While the dominant generation in mosses is the gametophyte, ferns exhibit the sporophyte generation. The details of their alternations of generation vary as well, although both have diploid and haploid stages. Alteration of generations is defined as a life cycle in which there is both a multicellular diploid form, the sporophyte, and a multicellular haploid form, the gametophyte....   [tags: essays research papers] 834 words
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Death of a Tumor - Cell Background Animal cells are eukaryotic and have a very complex structure. A eukaryotic cell is composed of many membrane-enclosed organelles. Organelles are compartments that perform different functions inside the cell. An organelle called the nucleus contains the genetic material, or DNA, and is the most vital organelle of the cell because it is responsible for carrying the genes that make up the body. A cell's membrane is composed of two layers that regulate the flow of materials in and out of the cell....   [tags: Biology Cancer] 2081 words
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Purpose Driven Life - A Purpose Driven Life Dr. Seuss wrote in his book Happy Birthday to You, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Every essence of our being, from our personalities to our DNA is different from everyone else in this world. Many of these distinctions are apparent in the classroom setting and at times can prove challenging for a teacher. Some students may learn the lessons very quickly while others may take extra time and may need out-of-class help....   [tags: Special Needs, Cerebral Palsy]
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Hybridization and Polyploidy - The beginning of life on earth is unclear. However, scientists have made great progress in discovering aspects that help explain our existence today. Charles Darwin, for example, made profound changes in human thinking when he published On the Origin of Species in 1859. Through research, experimentation, and dedication, he successfully laid the ground work for the theory of evolution (Quammen, 2006). According to Darwin, the theory of evolution entails the belief that populations, by means of natural selection, change from one generation to the next....   [tags: Origin of Species, Charles Darwin]
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Embryonic Stem cells - Introduction Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in multi-cellular organisms that can proliferate by mitosis to produce either more stem cells or specialized cells that differentiate into the different organs and tissues. In scientific research, stem cells have been obtained and developed from different sources which include: Embryonic Stem cells Embryonic stem cells (ESC) are pluripotent cells that have the potential of proliferating indefinitely into any of the 3 germ layers of cells - endoderm (which differentiate further to specialized cells of the interior stomach lining, gastrointestinal tract, the lungs), mesoderm (which differentiate further to specialized cells of the muscle...   [tags: bone marrow, mammary gland]
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Biology Cell Parts - Nucleus- “the brain” or control center of the cell. The Nucleus, a membrane-bound structure of a cell, plays two crucial roles in controlling the cell. The nucleus carries the cell's genetic information that determines if the organism will develop, for instance, into a tree or a human; and it directs most cell activities including growth, metabolism, and reproduction by controlling protein synthesis. The presence of a nucleus distinguishes the more complex eukaryotic cells of plants and animals from the simpler prokaryotic cells of bacteria and cyanobacteria that lack a nucleus....   [tags: essays research papers] 2776 words
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An Analysis on the Future Cloning - An Analysis on the Future Cloning Cloning has been going on in the natural world for thousands of years. A clone is simply one living thing made from another, leading to two organisms with the same set of genes. In that sense, identical twins are clones, because they have identical DNA. Sometimes, plants are self-pollinated, producing seeds and eventually more plants with the same genetic code. Techniques have improved rapidly, making it possible to clone cattle, sheep and other farm animals....   [tags: Papers] 1048 words
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Gene Doping - Gene Doping is the practice of using gene therapy to improve athletic ability by altering the effectively of genes utilized in athleticism. Gene Doping is defined as “the non-therapeutic use of cells, genes, genetic elements, or of the modulation of gene expression, having the capacity to improve athletic performance." (Light). Gene Doping is considered highly illegal in most sports even though there has never been any known incident of an athlete using it. There are two kinds of gene doping: Somatic gene doping and Germline gene doping....   [tags: athletic ability, athletic performance]
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A magnesium deficient diet inhibits tumor cell proliferation by altering the activity of cell cycle regulatory proteins. - Magnesium is a vital mineral involved with many cellular and metabolic functions. As the most abundant cation in the human body, magnesium is essential to cell proliferation, protein synthesis and energy production (Wolf, et al 2007). Among its many functions, magnesium plays a central role in the regulation of cell growth (Ruben, 1975). As such, the relationship between magnesium and the proliferation and growth of tumor cells has been the subject of numerous studies. Cellular growth, cell cycle proteins and the role of magnesium....   [tags: Mg Concentration, Neoplasticity]
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Analysis of Common Enzymatic Pathways in Gambierdiscus toxicus and Symbiodinium in the TCA Cycle - Background: Dinoflagellates are one of the four main types of phytoplankton, which are photosynthetic, single celled and free living organisms in the ocean. Dinoflagellates cause the Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) also known as the red tide effect (Hackett et al 2004). Toxicity persisting at upper levels of the food chain is detected in them from the ones which are toxic, but not all such blooms are toxic. Enhanced detection capabilities may in part contribute to observed high frequency and severity of toxic blooms....   [tags: The TCA Cycle]
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In-silico analysis of phytocompounds for inhibition of nAChRs receptor mediated lung cancer - Lung cancer is mostly found in cigarette smokers. Nicotine Acetyl-CoA receptor (nAChR) is found to be responsible for this cancerous activity. When cigarette containing nicotine binds with this receptor of lung cells the carcinogenic activity is initiated. Hence, there is a possibility for the prevention of lung cancer formation when the nicotine is competitively inhibited by an interfering molecule preferably from natural products. Natural products from plants have benefits like anti tumor, anti-inflammatory, and so on....   [tags: Lung Cancer, Cigarette Smoking]
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Human Genetic Engineering: Destroying Humans One Gene at a Time - Genetic engineering is a practice commonly used in the food industry to produce yields of superior size or quality, but recently this technology has been tested on humans. In human genetic engineering (HGE) the genes are manipulated within a living person or zygote, a baby in its earliest form. With this technology not only can disease can be prevented, but average humans can also modify themselves with enhanced traits. This is hazardous and unnecessary. Genetic engineering should not be used in humans, unless it is done to prevent or treat disease, since the consequences are not worthy and are potentially devastating for the human race....   [tags: Enhaancing Human Traits, Disease, Food Industry]
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The Affects of Stress on the Human Aging Process - Have you ever heard the saying, too much stress can cause a person to go gray. Well it turns out there is more fact to this than fiction. The past couple of months have been hard for you at your new job. The job requires you to work with unfamiliar people, in an unfamiliar place, and to top it all off you are incredibly far behind on your monthly report, which can cost you your job if not done correctly and on time. It is apparent to all your family and friends that this job is causing heightened anxiety in you, and they are worried....   [tags: telomere, early aging, cells, health, biology]
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DNA Sequences Occurs at Many Scales within Genomes Discussion - Today it is widely believed that there are two fundamental ways in which genomes evolve; namely evolution by (1) duplication of pre-existing regions of DNA within the genome and (2) lateral gene transfer. (Brown, 2002), (Zhaxybayeva & Doolittle, 2011). The focus of this essay will be on DNA duplication, its occurrence, and it’s consequences in genomes at a molecular and organismal level. DNA duplication refers to the process by which a region of DNA already present in an organism’s genome is duplicated in that organism....   [tags: chromosomes, dna duplication, genome evolution]
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The Science of Lung Cancer and its Treatment - 12,800 males and 10,700 females are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.(CancerCa)The lungs are vital organs in our body which are located in the chest. Lungs bring oxygen into our body and release carbon dioxide.( oncologychannelCom) The lungs are respiratory organs that are important because they take in fresh oxygen to your blood which is then carried to your cells. Cancer occurs when mitosis goes “wild”. This means that cell division keeps dividing uncontrollably. This happens because some of the genes in the cell have been damaged or lost....   [tags: Lung Cancer, diseases, medical, ] 1007 words
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The Pros and Cons of Gene Therapy - What is Gene Therapy and what is it used for. Gene therapy (otherwise known as somatic gene therapy or therapeutic gene therapy) is a process that is used to correct defective genes responsible for development of various diseases. (www.accessexcellence.org/RC/AB/BA/Gene_Therapy_Overview.php) There are two main types of gene therapy; somatic (body) cell gene therapy and germ line gene therapy. As it suggests, somatic gene therapy is correcting the faulty genes of normal body cells. Germ line therapy is altering genes in gametes....   [tags: Medical, Genetics, Medicine, DNA] 2363 words
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Generation and Characterization of Mouse Aneuploid Cells - Alterations in a cell's chromosomal content from normal is known as polyploidy or aneuploidy. Polyploidy is a change that is a multiple of the haploid chromosome content while aneuploidy is a change in the chromosome content that is not a multiple of the haploid number. There are many instances demonstrating that polyploidy is reasonably well tolerated at the organismal level, and whole genome duplications likely have served to promote the evolution of species (1). However, this is not the case for aneuploidy where the gain or loss of individual chromosomes has been demonstrated to result in lethality and the development of disease (1)....   [tags: Medical Science]
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The Differences Between Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Organisms - There are three main divisions of living organisms: Prokaryotes, eukaryotes and archaea. This essay will outline the division between the prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and explore the reasoning behind such differences with regard to general structure, storage of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and its replication, metabolic processes, protein synthesis and ribonucleic acid (RNA) processing. The cell is the most basic unit of life, defined as “The fundamental ... structural and functional unit of all living organisms” (Oxford University Press, 2008)....   [tags: human anatomy, cell, plasma, membrane]
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Description and Analysis of the Cell Theory - Prokaryotic cells have nucleus that contains genetic material, complex cytoskeleton, and endomembrane system. They lack distict nucleus and other membrane bound organelles. In traditional five kingdom classification system written by Robert Whittaker, prokaryotic organism belongs to kingdom Monera. Prokaryotic organism have been divided into groups Archaea and Bacteria. They are unicellular organism, but one single cell is capable of carrying out all the function necessary for the organism to live and reproduce....   [tags: cell membrane, cytoplasm, prokaryotic cell]
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The Facts About Stem Cell Research - There has been a debate about stem cell research since 1998 when the research teams of James A. Thomson of the University of Wisconsin and John D. Gearhart of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced the isolation of human stem cells (Farrell). But before anyone should take a side, one must know what a stem cell is. A stem cell is an unspecialized cell characterized by the ability to self-renew by mitosis while in undifferentiated state, and the capacity to give rise to various differentiated cell types by cell differentiation (Stem Cell)....   [tags: biology, embryonic cells ]
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Documentary Analysis: Cracking Your Genetic Code - “The highest rated science program on TV called NOVA made a documentary surrounding genomic testing called, Cracking Your Genetic Code (NOVA, 2008).” This documentary demonstrated and described different techniques of what is genetic testing, how genetic testing is performed, and all the individuals whom benefit from these special DNA techniques. What is DNA. “DNA is material that governs inheritance of eye color, hair color and many other human and animal traits (Riley, 2005).” DNA is developed from the pairing of genes from a female and male gametes (Health & Prenancy, 2012)....   [tags: NOVA, dna testing, new technology]
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Telomeres: Implications and Current Research - At the core of every organism lies a particular cellular alphabet which encodes the information for the lifelong development and maintenance of that organism. This genetic library, or genome, of an organism is located in the nucleus and consists of the complete set of DNA segments that are packaged into chromosomes. Each chromosome has one long twisted DNA molecule which is made up of hundreds to thousands of genes that encode genetic information in the specific sequence of the four types of nucleotides: Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine and Guanine....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer - After reading this title, I imagine how many people in our generation do not fall under in this category. In today’s world it is hard to go anywhere without seeing someone talking on a cell phone. Even if it’s walking, driving, or playing is the streets, you will be able to see them everywhere. Whether or not someone answering their cell phone is increasing the likelihood of fatal brain cancer, is in question. Apparently in recent years there has been much research completed looking for a solid answer to the question....   [tags: genetic damage, brain tumor, radiation] 1323 words
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Structures and Roles of Telomeres - Structures and Roles of Telomeres Telomeres are essential structures in eukaryotic cells. Through repeat nucleotide sequencing of TTAGGG and their six associated protein complexes, they provide a “cap” over the rest of the chromosome, which protects the genetic material contained within the chromosome from instability1. Without the telomere structures, chromosomes are prone to tearing due to the action of nucleases and other damaging components within the nucleus. Torn chromosomes prove to be unstable, often fusing end-to-end or rearranging....   [tags: catallyst, cells, chromosome, telomerase, DNA]
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